C’ville official now Joliet city manager
By Bob Okon firstname.lastname@example.org October 16, 2013 9:52AM
Updated: November 18, 2013 7:40AM
Carpentersville economic development director Jim Hock was named the new Joliet city manager as expected Tuesday, when the city council also approved a $185,000 salary for the position and moving expenses up to $12,500.
The votes for Hock and his contract were unanimous, although council members made no comments during the vote other than to welcome him to Joliet. Hock starts Nov. 12, although he said he’ll probably start showing up earlier at meetings on the 2014 budget.
Hock, speaking with reporters later, said he is looking forward to the job in Joliet, a city he described as large and diverse with opportunities for future economic development.
“You’ve got an existing downtown that is significant,” Hock said. “You’ve got early development. You’ve got new development.”
Councilwoman Jan Quillman called the 58-year-old Hock “a great fit” for the job, adding that she was impressed with his experience. Quillman said that from the time the council had narrowed the potential candidates for the job to 12 that Hock “was always my No. 1 choice.”
Hock comes to Joliet with “new eyes and a fresh perspective,” said Councilman Larry Hug. “He’s a consummate professional.”
Before becoming community development director in Carpentersville, Hock was fired as city manager in Park Ridge in May 2012. Council members questioned previously about that matter said that it was not unusual for city managers to lose their jobs because of political changes such as had occurred in Park Ridge.
Before coming to Illinois, Hock was city manager in Oak Park, Mich., assistant city manager in Sterling Heights, Mich. and village manager in Almont, Mich.
The city manager is the top administrative officer in Joliet, basically in charge of running the city and answering to the mayor and city council, who provide policy direction but do not manage operations.
Hock will start at a lower salary than City Manager Thomas Thanas, who was hired in 2008 at a base pay of $189,000. Thanas also receives other compensation, and his total pay in 2011 was $203,800.
Hock’s contract provides for a vehicle allowance of $250 per month and allows him to gas up at no charge at city-operated fuel stations used for city vehicles.
The relocation allowance, according to the contract, would pay for his use of a moving company located in Joliet, rent at a Joliet apartment up to March 1 and costs of buying out the lease at his current Arlington Heights residence so he can move to Joliet.